- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Key New Jersey lawmakers say Gov. Chris Christie should sign legislation to modernize laws governing the state’s elections.

Senate President Steve Sweeney called Wednesday for Christie to sign the Democracy Act. Sweeney delivered remarks alongside other officials near the Statue of Liberty.

Christie previously said he does not believe people should be automatically registered to vote and indicated Democrats were angling to gain politically.

He has not acted on the bill since its June passage.

The legislation establishes in-person early voting, enacts automatic registration when residents apply for driver’s licenses and authorizes pre-registration for 17-year-olds, among other measures.

Sweeney says New Jersey ranks 39th in registration and turnout.

A governor spokesman said the use of mail-in ballots has increased under Christie and elections have been consolidated to accommodate voter participation.

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